Carnival Glory Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5


Sail Date: March 24, 2013

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Carnival cancelled Grand Turks & added an extra sailing day & extended the times at the other ports. However, they should have stopped in St. Marteen or another island close by.
They also cancelled Hidden Paradise Zip-line in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which we booked through Carnival months in advance. However, they rebooked us on another slightly cheaper zip-line with Canopy Tours and it was fun, but not very informative except for the Bus driver who took us there. The tour operator told us Hidden tour was given to Disney cruise members instead of Carnival.
Sailed Royal Caribbean (RC) last year, much better ship, Freedom of the Seas and had more to do.
Carnival Glory - had comedy, dance shows & gambling. The pool was way too small, because they had a slide put in, very cold and even the hot tub wasn't hot at all. The mini-golf had 8-10 holes, not too difficult, windy location near smoke stack flume & only accessible through basketball/volleyball court.
Pizza, Taco bar & burger stand was pretty good. NO signage for the Fish & Chips stand located upstairs, so we never knew about it until too late, but heard it was good. Pizza took too long to come out, they should have prepared more & kept on warm during peak times & very thin crusted!
Not enough pool chairs, others saved them too long & was rude when came back to get their seats. They push selling liquor, duty free shops, etc. way too much.
Fine dining was the best food & service. Room service was nice, but could have had more selections.
Bingo games were fun. However, Carnival should sell only bingo cards if we want them instead of making money off "PULL-TABS" gambling sheets i.e. $10 for bingo, $15 for 3 pull tabs or $10 for bingo + $20 for 4 pull tabs! It was ridiculous. All three bingo cards were on one sheet so the kids could not hold one for themselves unless we spent another $25 for another set of cards!
The Carnival sold coupon books at Shopping Show for $25 each. Rip off - RC gave them away for FREE.
The best prizes seemed to be Josh, Cruise Director's, 10:30am show on Sail day.
Atlantis Aquaventure Park was a blast, long line & very expensive for barely a few hours. Not enough chairs, the beach was pretty, but selling tourist stuff which was more expensive. However, if you don't get enough time to walk down to Straw Market, near the Terminal, which has better bargains than buy it there.
In St. Thomas, booked Power Cat 2 Island excursion: Very crowded, but organized & friendly. Bring Cruise towel. It was cold going to next Island. Saw some fish, 1 stingray at Christmas Cove. At Turtle Cove, water was colder, but so worth seeing a few turtles feed on the bottom & come up right next to you. Tour operators sold t-shirts & didn't have enough chips for everyone!
Although Carnival spent millions renovating Glory - the layout of different levels to walk back & forth to dining areas & through the Casino was still a pain. They should not allow smoking at ALL in the Casino. Smokers should be required to go out on deck to smoke. Carnival did have better embarkation & disembarkation process and better food booths around pool area than RC.
Ship Quality
taco, burger, pizza food was good
Food and Dining
Fine dining best food & service
Cabin / Stateroom
Could be bigger like Royal Caribbean
Service and Staff
great service, Photo agent was rude & rushed us
Need more variety or longer shows
Children's Programs Not used, saw bunches of kids at a time running around the ship!
Onboard Activities
Need more activities
Destinations and Excursions
When port is cancelled, should stop in another port &b still extend hours scheduletd ports
Miami, Florida
crowded, hotels charge for parking
Nassau, Bahamas
Atlantis water park very expensive, need more time
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Snorkeling & water so nice; construction on roads, Skyride nice view, but expensive, buy postcard instead
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Zip-line fun,long wait for food at outdoor cafes, lots of walking
Grand Turk Island
not able to go cuz of Gastro illness on ship & island

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